dougthecook logo
Knowledge is Delicious
small chefs hat

Low Fat Substitutes

Here are several ways you can make your meals less fattening. Once you get use to low fat eating, high fat foods taste too rich. Note that these substitutes may not work in every case. Experiment!
We at dougthecook's have used many substitutes with great success. Many are noted in our recipes.

Heavy Cream

Make extra strength milk by using 1/2 cup of milk powder to make 1 cup of milk. Evaporated skim milk.

Shortening, Lard, Bacon Grease

Extra light olive, safflower, corn, sunflower, canola, or soybean oil.


Baking, roasting, grilling (our favorite), steaming, or microwave.


Try pureed vegetables such as butternut squash, onions, potatoes, turnips, or parsnips.

Egg Yolks

Use egg substitute or egg whites or a mixture of 1/4 yolks to 3/4 whites.

Whole Milk

Use skim milk or a mixture of plain yogurt, water, and a little sweetener. Even 1% milk is better.

Popcorn Butter

Try butter-flavored non-stick spray.


Try cocoa powder. It contains little or no fat.

Corn or Peanut Oil

Try extra light olive oil. It is virtually tasteless and contains better fats.


Low fat mayonnaise, plain yogurt, nonfat sour cream.

Flour (as a thickener)

Use cornstarch or arrowroot as thickeners. They have twice the power of flour.

Oil or Butter (as flavor)

Use tomato juice, fruit juice, vinegars, defatted stock, or vegetable cooking liquid.

Creamy Salad Dressing

Make your own using low or no fat mayonnaise. Or a little extra virgin olive oil. Or reduced calorie dressings.

print this page